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2023-2024 Molly Kerker Secretary Bio


Molly’s lifelong reverence for Earth’s wondrous creatures began in her childhood, where she nurtured butterflies, ants, and worms in her Buffalo, NY backyard (and bedroom). After earning her B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo and M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University, she was inspired to channel her love of storytelling, community, and ecology into botanical education. As Director of Continuing Education at Central Park, Molly led the Institute for Urban Parks’ educational programming, overseeing workforce development programs for park stewards around the world. In a previous role as Manager of Continuing Education at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she led community classes and certificate programs for home gardeners and landscape professionals, and launched the Urban Greenscaping workforce development program for young adults whose educational or financial status would otherwise be a barrier to entering the field. Molly lives in Brooklyn, NY with her tuxedo cat and partner. In her free time, you can find her volunteering with her local community composting group, birding in her neighborhood park, experimenting with foraged food recipes, and playing music.

Why ELA?

“By joining ELA, you gain access to a wealth of information and a network of like-minded stewards. ELA provides information that is specific, scientifically sound, and applicable. With opportunities to both learn from experts and democratically share knowledge amongst members, ELA takes members from curiosity to empowerment, and from individual to collective action.”